News 8 got a look at the “war room” deep inside the headquarters of the State Elections Enforcement Commission in Hartford. By the time voting ends workers here expect to field as many as 700 calls for help with a range of voting issues.
“A lot of the calls are just to assist voters in identifying their polling locations and help them get to the polls,” said Michael Brandi, executive director and general counsel to the commission. “It could be issues from voter identification at the polls. We’ve gotten a lot of calls on long lines,” Brandi explained. He told News 8’s Mario Boone calls to the hotline were mostly routine with a few exceptions.
“Just one report that there was one location in Hartford that was slightly delayed in opening,” Brandi said. In that case the candidates have to request an extension of polling hours for voters who might have been turned away.
The election day hotline couldn’t do anything about the rain. But it didn’t matter for the steady stream of voters we found scurrying into a New Haven poll site.
“It wasn’t busy at all,” said voter Tracy Morris. “The line wasn’t long. I was in and I was out,” she said.